In late February I made a quick trip South to reunite with my Wanaka crew and bask in the baking hot endless summer. Nowhere was quite as dry and hot as rural area of Tarras and the farm cottage of my cousin Tim Rutherford and friend Camilla Stoddart. Despite having spent the last three years living down there, my first visit following my move to Auckland had me looking through fresh eyes. Aside from the lack of humidity (bliss!) there is a special magic in the schisty hills and shadowy mountains of the area, something that I had forgotten I missed until I was smack bang in the middle of it again.
For photographer Camilla, if a crystal ball had revealed she would live on a high country station in an old creaky cottage, drive tractors and motor bikes between travelling NZ and the world as an in demand photographer….well I think her head would have exploded. But in a nutshell that is her life.
For many on the outside looking in, it also seems a little hard to believe! At 30 years old she has been listed in the top 50 (out of 23 000 entries) in the 2010 Red Bull Illume (and only female) and a finalist in the worldwide Pro Photographer Showdown at the Telus Ski and Snowboard Festival in Whistler last year. These are just a few professional achievements that sit beside her portfolio of clients including Air New Zealand, Annabel Langbein, The North Face and a swathe of international outdoor/action sport magazines.
Enjoy this look into the little home of Camilla and Tim. Every nook and cranny of this place speaks of their shared love of their environment, Camilla’s Scottish heritage and functional but beautiful furniture that has and will last the distance.All photography: Julia Atkinson for Studio Home
WHO:I work from home and on location where ever a shoot requires me to be. I’ve turned one of the small bedrooms in the wee cottage on the farm into my ‘studio’ or the ‘Cave’ as my better half likes to call it!
WHAT:This 1930’s farm cottage on my boyfriends high country farm is just what you’d expect it to be. Small and old, full of character and stories. There is the original coal range tucked into the wee kitchen, light filtering through the small wooden framed windows. A claw foot bath with brass taps and a modest enamel sink are all the bathroom facilities inside. When you want a shower or to use the toilet you must head through the kitchen and out the back door and into the elements for a brief second… this makes baths a very popular choice in the winter!
WHERE:The Point Cottage sits in the middle of a paddock down a very quiet road in Tarras. The paddock has usually a variety of livestock from cattle, merino sheep, far too many rabbits and wandering turkeys. Our dogs, Flo and Peg do their best to fend off the pests. The Point Cottage is part of The Point Station, a 14,000 acre high country station in Central Otago. This farm belongs to Tim (my boyfriends) parents, Alastair and Sue Rutherford. It is such a magical place to live, with a massive back yard to play in and the nearest neighbor being 5km away. The rural and remote life may not be for everyone but I find it so fantastic, especially as it is only half an hour into Wanaka (where all my friends live) and 1hr to Queenstown international airport, for all those overseas jobs!
DESCRIPTION: I ended up in New Zealand out of default. I was born and grew up in Scotland, and have no connections or ties to NZ. As a fresh faced 18 year old I chased the snow (I was seriously obsessed with skiing for a while!) to the Southern Hemisphere and to Wanaka. Every year I came back until I decided to set up shop in Wanaka. The inevitable happened and I fell in love with a high country farmer. A year and a half later I moved to his farm in Tarras… Scotland to Tarras, strange where life takes you when you don’t have a ‘plan’ (!) but I couldn’t be happier. This life works so well for me as I thrive in the outdoors and don’t do well in cities! Its perfect that I’m self employed and can work from home, as well as being so close to the amazing landscapes where international clients chose as their locations for photoshoots. I am fortunate to be able to go home to Scotland every year to see my family as they are such a hugely important part of my life. Thank god for planes!